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Help to Save Red Rock Canyon, NV
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Aug 3, 2011

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Mountain project users,

The natural beauty and sense of adventure found at Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas, NV, is in danger of forever being diminished by the "Gypsum Reclamation Concept Plan," (GRCP) a development plan atop a former 2,500 acre gypsum mine known as Blue Diamond Hill. Act now to conserve the climbing environment at Red Rocks!

The GRCP is a high density multi-use plan to construct a small city for approximately 22,000 people, complete with 7,200 multi-family residences, education facilities, retail stores, and related amenities that will forever diminish the natural beauty and sense of adventure at Red Rocks. The proposed location, Blue Diamond Hill, is clearly visible from all major formations at Red Rocks.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 9:00 am, the Clark County Commissioners meet to approve or deny the massive development proposal. Your input is required to help save Red Rock Canyon.
More information can be found at

The most important things climbers can do are submit comments opposing the plan and attend the meeting on August 17th at the Clark County Government Center, Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155 (702-455-4431). Let the commissioners know how important it is to preserve the rural nature of Red Rock Canyon.

Go to the Access Fund Action Alert and use the letter-writing tool to let the commissioners know that you disapprove of the Gypsum Reclamation Concept Plan. Comments Needed by August 17th.

Your friends at the Access Fund

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By rich magner
From: Joshua Tree,CA
Aug 4, 2011
More houses? What about the thousands of empty ones crammed together Along blue diamond road? We really need another strip mall? More payday advance stores and pawnshops? How about build communities with houses that are more than two feet apart and not on top of a slag pile? Love canal, anyone?
By Owen Darrow
From: Garmisch,
Aug 4, 2011
Those are exactly my thoughts.
By E Johnson
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 4, 2011
And where is the water going to come from? If the answer is: turn off all the fountains in Vegas and close their golf courses and take it out of their allowance, then ok. (Like that will happen.)
By GR Johnson
Aug 4, 2011
Who owns the property?
By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Aug 5, 2011
I'm coming down from Mammoth for this. Red Rocks is a damn special place.
By Kris Davidson
Aug 6, 2011
Good point, Johnson--river allotments are already overtapped.
By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Aug 8, 2011
They can't build a new housing development!!! Hopefully people rally and do whatever it takes.
By Klimbien
From: St.George Orem Denver Vegas
Aug 9, 2011
This is the reply I got.

Thank you for taking the time to write.

My office is aware of the recent town hall discussions related to development plans for Blue Diamond Hill. I understand and appreciate your concerns for the visual and other effects that development could have on the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Most of the land on Blue Diamond Hill is privately owned and is not under BLM’s jurisdiction. Development related to Blue Diamond Hill could come under BLM's jurisdiction for routes and other infrastructure that might need to cross BLM-administered lands, generally east of the hill. For example, a concept plan has shown potential access routes coming from the Summerlin area. The BLM could also become involved if we receive an application for a land exchange.

As of today's date, the BLM has received no land use applications or other proposals from the developers, other than the concept plan. If my office receives an application that the BLM can start processing, such as a right-of-way application or a land exchange proposal, I will do my best to notify you specifically, and I will contact the local public, generally, regarding opportunities to comment. Any official proposal received by the BLM will require the development of an environmental analysis. Our decision-making process is a public process, and your input is always welcome.

Thank you again for your note.


Bob Ross, Field Manager
By alex fleming
From: Portsmouth, NH
Aug 10, 2011
I hate organizations like GRCP, they only care about themselves and how they can make more money that they already have. They never think about the things that they destroy, I've been wanting to go to Red Rock Canyon for years, and if it's destroyed, I'll be PISSED! If I could go to that meeting I would. If Access Fund needs donations, I'd be willing to do so.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Aug 11, 2011
This is America.. If profit is involved, it will happen. I'm afraid the last people Red Rock will listen to is climbers.
By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Aug 12, 2011
It will be like seeing Boulder from the top of the Flatirons or from the top of Long's. I mean that in a bad way, too.
By danielroca
From: Prescott, AZ
Aug 23, 2011
Just got the news that it was approved. This is depressing. Apart from the fact that they are building the same cookie cutter communities that can't be filled, THERE ISN"T ENOUGH WATER in the desert anymore. Meade is draining at an alarming rate. Vegas is building another pipeline because the water table is about to fall below their existing pipe! Short-sighted assholes....
By Spiro
Sep 4, 2011
What a tragedy. With that big a showing to fight it, how is it getting approved??
By James D
Sep 9, 2011
Well when the houses get built, hopefully people will boycott buying the homes and make the project a failure. We have seen big companies like Walmart and Starbucks fail in places like Lander, hopefully this will be a failed project because people will not buy the product.

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